Orlando Pride add defender Kylie Strom


Courtesy of Orlando Pride

The Orlando Pride announced on Monday the signing of defender Kylie Strom to a two-year deal with an option for an additional year.

The 29-year-old has spent the last two years in Spain with Atletico Madrid, making 29 appearances and scoring two goals.

“Kylie is a player who will give us an added threat down the left side of the pitch and help us push toward our goals both this year and beyond,” Orlando Pride General Manager Ian Fleming said in a club press release. “We’ve watched her development during her time in Europe with a keen interest and her experience in the Champions League, as well as domestically in the Czech Republic and Spain, will help her settle into the rigors of the NWSL. We know she’s excited to be back stateside and in Orlando, and we’re excited to have her become a member of the Pride.”

Originally from Endicott, New York, Strom played college soccer at Boston University from 2010-2013, making 86 appearances. She played her first pro season in Germany with Frankfurt II, before coming back to the states to play for the Boston Breakers. Following two seasons with the NWSL side, the defender took her talents to the Czech Republic, playing for Sparta Prague alongside former Pride forward Christina Burkenroad. Strom scored 19 times in 36 appearances across two seasons and was named MVP of the Cup final in her first season.

“I’ve been abroad for four years now, two years at Sparta and then two years at Atletico Madrid recently, and it was time to come home, play in front of my family and friends, be back in the United States, and of course Orlando is an incredible team,” Strom said. “Just playing in the stadium in front of fans is going to be an absolutely incredible experience. I’ve heard such good things about this club. I’m super excited and honored to be a part of it. I’m going to give everything for this team and I can’t wait to get out there.”

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